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Brazilian Blowouts Formaldehyde-Free?


I have written extensively about the Brazilian Blowout here on Hair On The Brain, and the company has always maintained that their product is formaldehyde-free. But now reports from Oregon’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration say Brazilian Blowout has been found to actually  contain formaldehyde. This was after stylists at an Oregon hair salon reported difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, and eye irritation after coming into contact with the formula. Brazilian Blowout states that their product is formaldehyde-free and is challenging Oregon OSHA’s test results since the sample didn’t come from the company, but from a salon. So what’s the big deal about formaldehyde in the first place? High levels of formaldehyde could cause some types of cancers…

Check out this super informative report from Good Morning America:

It seems like potential safety issue impacts stylists more because they come in contact with these fumes daily… But still, no one likes to hear that their hair product is potentially harmful! But again, Brazilian Blowout maintains that their product does NOT contain formaldehyde. We will just have to keep an eye on this story as it develops.

Edited to add: I emailed about this formaldehyde issue with Jordana Lorraine who works at Lorraine Colour Bar (formerly Dino-Clark Salon) in Santa Monica, and here is what she had to say on the hot topic:

Brazilian Blowout has a series of statements available on their site, the most recent of which shows a scientist/researcher criticizing the testing methods/results. It has become quite a circus, and I see inconsistencies on both sides. For example, I can see in the videos in two news stories that the bottles were old packaging, not marked formaldehyde-free, called “Brazilian Blowout Solution,” but they are being confused with the current bottles which are labeled “Acai Professional Smoothing Solution,” and do bear a formaldehyde-free claim. It appears no one has tested a legitimately-obtained bottle of the current solution. So, if these findings are correct, maybe the old bottles should be pulled? Maybe BB should manufacture smaller bottles (some other companies offer various sizes.) Whatever unfolds, I am relieved to already be using the air filtration system. (See Another smoothing treatment recommends this system, and I have been very happy with it.

Based on this information, would you still get a Brazilian Blowout?